$8,525
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
143
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 15 2018 4:02 AM UTC +00:00
Deeper Magic ProductionsBy Deeper Magic Productions
First created
Deeper Magic ProductionsBy Deeper Magic Productions
First created
$8,525
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
143
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, June 15 2018 4:02 AM UTC +00:00

About

Welcome to ALBATROSS

We're a (deep breath) "Cerebral Cinematic 2.5D Side-Scrolling Puzzle Platformer Game"!

Short version - if Limbo married Portal, we'd be the baby.

You play as STEWART: a lowly tech genius who stumbles into an underground research facility named ALBATROSS that is dedicated to the study of time travel. You quickly discover a strange device spattered with blood, and you're pretty certain it's only a matter of time before you and your sweater-vest get in big trouble for being here.

Then you turn it on...

 ...and realize that with the press of a button you're now able to time-jump between the retro-present (1984) and many years into the future (where everything's much worse than 1984).

As the mystery unfolds and you discover the terrible truth of what happened to everyone living in Albatross, you'll have to solve increasingly daunting puzzles using time travel, a firm grasp of causality, and your own raw mental genius muscles... if you want to get out, alive.

Puzzles like these...

We know "Firm Grasp of Causality" is vague, so here's a simple example of the first puzzle:

As you can see in the above clip, Stewart begins running in the bright and shiny PRESENT. He's wisely adjusted the tiny floating octagon platform into position on the left... close-by so he can get a nice running start.

But of course, if he time travels into the future and hasn't thought ahead about it, he can't leap far enough. Just look at how wide that gap is. He'd plummet into the chasm, to his death. 

So here's the trick, before he started running, Stewart wisely moved that same octagonal platform to the far side of the chasm in the FUTURE.

Pretty hard to read that, huh? And we rewrote those paragraphs 9 times. Total mind-bender. And that's the easiest puzzle. It gets harder. Much harder. You'll die. Probably a lot. Thank God this is just a game.

A stunningly designed & hand-crafted game...

 Without any spoilers, we can promise that the underground world of Albatross grows gradually both more expansive and intricate. Our goal has been to push our tiny team of developers to achieve AAA looks on a shoe-string budget. You be the judge:

As Stewart explores further, things get stranger and crazier, and the world around him matches it as the intensity ramps up. We're so excited for you to see some of our most intricate and otherworldly visuals... 

...but it's just too unreal for us to unveil it here.

PUZZLES DESIGNED FOR A STORY...

The world of Albatross was created with story in mind. We hope to be the rare indie game with both mind-bending puzzles, excellent visuals, AND a compelling story that'll have you gripped in it's spell until the climactic final chapter.

Everything from the mysterious hazmat-suited stranger, to Stewart (our hero), and his helpful animal companion "Dennis the Bat", we have designed a richly textured story world full of people we hope will make you smile, laugh, and perhaps cry. We're offering you all the feels.

Including the lush soundtrack...

We're lucky to have a duo of Hollywood composers on this project: 

The super talented John Snyder, whose incredible symphonic work is featured in everything from corporate commercials to Hollywood movies: he most recently got an Emmy nom for CNN, and landed a Warner Brothers series which premiered at Sundance.

His creative partner Jonathan Snipes brings the pop, to Snyder's snap and crackle. Snipes is especially skilled at synth - and you need a lot of synth in 1984. Snipes is also known as 1/3rd of the band 'CLIPPING'. Google them. You'll be glad you did.

What mysteries lie behind stretch goals One and Two? Oh gracious gamer... give generously and you will see. We promise, if you think the basic game looks cool... you can't IMAGINE how much cooler it gets if we hit our stretch goals. 

We'd like nothing more than to blow you all away. Please tell your friends so that we can afford to!!

1) We're pleased to offer as our entry-level reward: THE GAME. At this level, you get a copy of Albatross via Steam once we release!

2) If you step up to the plate, we promise to deliver: at level two you get THE GAME as well as the ORIGINAL GAME SOUNDTRACK. Workout to it, party with it, so many options!

3) For the mighty among you, the few and chosen... we're offering CREDIT IN THE GAME! This level includes THE GAME, plus ORIGINAL GAME SOUNTRACK.

We are thrilled to be on this journey with so many extraordinary talents:

 THE CORE TEAM:

AS WELL AS THESE FINE PEOPLE:

Long Pham - Concept Artist

Nick Dodd - 3D Artist

Anastasia Malysheva - Character Artist

FINALLY, HOW WILL WE USE YOUR FUNDS?

5% Kickstarter - this just covers the fees of putting this campaign together. You'll be happy to know most of it was volunteer work. We're ALREADY working to conserve your funds wisely!!

25% Testing - we won't ship our game until it's bug free. We hate bugs and love squashing them. Think of this portion of the budget as OFF! for game development.

3% Legal - You always need lawyers. Thankfully we know a guy. Enough said.

67% Development - Here's the beauty of this campaign, over 2/3rds is going DIRECTLY into developing it. That's better graphics. Prettier sound. Lusher music. Stronger writing. All of it. Just, better.

Confirmed platforms: Steam - Windows, Mac

Pending platforms: PlayStation, XBOX, Mobile

Planned release date: Mid 2019

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is making a FUN. GAME.

The biggest risk is not finishing it.

We have already overcome the biggest challenge: spending the past two years completing the first draft of what we believe will be a top-notch puzzle game, on a shoe-string budget.

You'd laugh at our budget right now. Belly laugh. And then maybe ugly cry (we did).

BUT watch the teaser video to see for yourself: the art, the action, the music, the story, and the PUZZLES. Anytime we hit a creative wall, we flip on that video to psych ourselves back up. I hope it excites you as much as us.

As a self-funded team, we will continue to scrimp and save until every last polygon is safely in place. This game's getting made. There will be no stopping us!

But we're not building this game just for ourselves... our work is for YOU. And with your support, not only will the money we've already spent go much further, but our creative energies will be refueled for the last sprint through the home stretches of building Albatross.

Please - help us cross the finish line and deliver you a truly special game.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 19 or more About US$ 19

    EARLY BIRD - The Game

    Time travel favors the bold, and the early... get the game NOW and save!

    Includes:
    • Digital Release of ALBATROSS on Steam (PC/Mac)
    • Credit in-game as a Kickstarter Backer
    • Exclusive Desktop Wallpaper ONLY for backers
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 101 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    KICKSTARTER PRICE - The Game

    Get a digital Mac/PC release of ALBATROSS on Steam.

    Includes:
    • Digital Release of ALBATROSS on Steam (PC/Mac)
    • Credit in-game as a Kickstarter Backer
    • Exclusive Desktop Wallpaper ONLY for backers
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    The Game + Soundtrack

    Our game soundtrack rocks like a long-lost sweet 80's synth house band. The musical team includes 1/3 of the band CLIPPING (whose vocalist Daveed Diggs is best known as a lead in Hamilton!)

    Includes:
    • Digital Release of ALBATROSS on Steam (PC/Mac)
    • Digital Original Soundtrack
    • Credit in-game as a Kickstarter Backer
    • Exclusive Desktop Wallpaper ONLY for backers
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    NAME IN-GAME, and 2 COPIES OF GAME

    Have you ever wanted to be a member of a secretive time-traveling society? WELL NOW YOU CAN.

    With this reward you receive the Game, Soundtrack AND your name will be etched into the visuals of the game, as one of the members of ALBATROSS in the story.

    You also get TWO copies of the game, as well as all previous rewards.

    Includes:
    • Digital Release of ALBATROSS on Steam (PC/Mac)
    • Digital Original Soundtrack
    • Credit in-game as a Kickstarter Backer
    • Exclusive Desktop Wallpaper ONLY for backers
    • Name designed into Game Visuals!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    ALBATROSS POSTER

    Yes, we pride ourselves on our Cinematic style, and Hollywood level Story chops. So why wouldn't we also produce a Movie-Quality POSTER of the game?!

    This is a physical poster, standard 24"x36" size, and we'll ship it ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

    Includes all previous rewards, too.

    Includes:
    • Digital Release of ALBATROSS on Steam (PC/Mac)
    • Digital Original Soundtrack
    • Credit in-game as a Kickstarter Backer
    • Name designed into Game Visuals!
    • Exclusive Desktop Wallpaper ONLY for backers
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 995 or more About US$ 995

    TIME TRAVELER

    All previous rewards...

    PLUS: your name will incorporated into the story and spoken out loud IN THE GAME! You'll be a STAR!

    AND: you'll also be given major kudos in our game TITLE CREDITS - you'll be a legit game producer!

    And if you'd like, we'll skype with you to talk about your own game dev work! VERY few of these available...

    Includes:
    • Digital Release of ALBATROSS on Steam (PC/Mac)
    • Digital Original Soundtrack
    • Credit in-game as a Kickstarter Backer
    • Name designed into Game Visuals!
    • NAME SPOKEN ALOUD IN GAME!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)